Lovers' eyes miniatures were in favor in Georgian times, normally watercolor, depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one or a child. These were usually worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional purpose as lockets hiding portraits or locks of hair. This fashion started in the late 1700s and miniaturists such as Richard Cosway and George Engleheart were authors of some of the first pieces.
Georgian lover's eye 14K gold amethyst pastes brooch pin measures 1" X 7/8". Water color miniature of a blue eye covered with beveled crystal, 1/2" X 3/8 surrounded with typical Georgian pattern yellow gold trim. Amethyst color pastes are set in typical Georgian mounts, alternating with gold filigree scrolls. C clasp. There are no hall marks, 14K gold acid tested. The brooch is equipped with pinchbeck safety chain which is connected to the brooch with a dog clip.
This pin is a part of my collection which I gathered for many years.
Very good antique condition commensurate with age.
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